Tomorrow at 16:00 I’m going to be storytelling at the Methodist Church on Ashcroft Street in Cirencester. I’m looking forward to the event; it’s going to be a bit unusual! The Church is situated in the centre of Cirencester. It has a very active community and a very rich and varied outreach programme. Here are some examples of what they have been doing (see some pictures here):-
- Chop and Chat is a cooking group that meets once a week. it provides people with the opportunity to meet others whilst learning to cook healthy meals on a budget. The food is cooked in the group and then taken home to share. The first cycle has finished…..a new group begins soon.
- Messy Cafe is a space where children can pop in after school for tea and toast, a craft or cooking activity, and Mums can catch up too! this happens from 3.30 to 5pm every Thursday afternoon.
- Community Craft Group meets every Thursday morning from 10-12. This group is open for anyone to come along and learn a new craft, try something they’ve never done before, bring their favourite craft along, or come and teach it to others.
- The Language Cafe is a place where people can come along and have opportunity to learn a new language, practise one. or come and learn about the culture and places to visit in countries where others have been. It’s an informal, relaxed and friendly place to hang out and make new friends.
- The Living Advent Street (see the news coverage at http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk) work happened last Christmas and enabled people who live and work along the street, to get to know each other better.
- Last year they had the Cirencester Sofa Month where they took a sofa round the streets of Cirencester and encouraged people to share their ideas and views and find out about when the church does: http://www.yourewelcome.to/users/cirencestersofamonth
For all of us too it’s a big thank you to the Barnwood Trust http://www.yourewelcome.to/ who have been supporting this outreach work and also enlisting me to tell people how to make soup. What better way to spend one’s time!